Ed Sheeran isn’t just a great singer-songwriter or a really nice young lad. He’s also an ambassador for positive self-image and an inspiration for kids and all of us common folk.
Last night in New York City, the famous ginger pop star along with actress Emily Blunt, were honored at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala for their openness about overcoming their childhood stutters. When Sheeran took the podium, he delivered one of the most moving and inspirational speeches about why we should love and embrace ourselves for who we really are.
“I was a very, very weird child. I had a port-wine stain birthmark on my face that I got lasered off when I was very young; one day, they forgot to put the anesthetic on, and ever since then, I had a stutter. I also had very big, blue NHS glasses — NHS is the National Health Service, one day I hope you’ll have the same! And I lacked an eardrum on one side of my ear, so stuttering was actually the least of my problems!”
“…Even if you have quirks and weirdness, you shouldn’t be worried about that. The people I went to school with that were the most normal and were the coolest when we grew up — I was telling Emily earlier that one of the cool kids from school now does my plumbing! That’s a fact!…I wanted to not necessarily to shed light on stuttering or make it a thing, but stress to kids in general to just be yourself, because there’s no one in the world that can be a better you than you. If you try to be the cool kid in class, you’ll end up very boring and doing plumbing for someone who apparently wasn’t that cool. Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing.… I have a f****** football team now, that’s pretty cool!”
And we thought we couldn’t love him any more than we did already.
Catch Ed performing at the gala:
You can see him co-hosting the 2015 MMVAs Sunday, June 21 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Much.